Category Archives: Professionalism

Why you don’t need college, and why you do

Back 100 years ago, books were super-expensive. Think about the availability of paper, printing, and means to distribute books. Plus think about supply/demand. How many people needed a history book or calculus book. 100 years ago, people were mostly concerned … Continue reading

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Triage: picking your battles vs being lazy

A few years back, I joined a team that had a lot of problems. I mean A LOT of problems. To give you an idea: the team wasn’t even fixing the problems. They retreated to the point of documenting “the … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting, and 3rd parties

Working on a project, with another vendor, is not always the walk-through-the-park that one might expect.  I’ve done this a few times in my career. Like with anything, there is some good and some bad. When things are going good, … Continue reading

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Why communication is hard, and what to do about it

I know IT folks sometimes seem under-socialized and (to varying degrees) awkward. However, they don’t have the market-cornered on communication problems. Gosh, just turn on any TV sitcom and you will probably see a people who are having conflicts because … Continue reading

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Why bother with a plan

I have met plenty of cowboys in my day. I’ve written about this topic several times. One thing that cowboys hate, is writing-up a plan. It makes me think of the times when I MAKE my kids do homework. Their … Continue reading

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Getting through to someone

Today was like a whole new day for me. I got through to someone. Maybe it doesn’t sound like a big deal to you, but I have teenage kids. So, I don’t exactly feel like “I’m getting through” to people … Continue reading

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How to get people to follow a process

Years ago, I worked on a team who was making an online trivia game. The concept was a very brilliant solution to a common problem. The customer was a huge company who processed credit applications for car purchases. Their financial … Continue reading

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